Local cricket round-up: Pudsey St Lawrence claim last-ball victory over Woodlands
AFTER 26 years as a Pudsey St Lawrence first-teamer, James Smith has played in many memorable matches.
However, now the 41-year-old, who retires at the end of the season, seems to be racking one up every seven days.
The previous weekend it was their victory over New Farnley, and this time it was Saints’ last-ball win over Bradford League Premier leaders Woodlands.
Saints, set 248 to win, needed eight off the last over bowled by experienced spinner Kez Ahmed, and it was second-teamers Sam Johnson and Jordan Moore who got the visitors over the line by scrambling a single off the final delivery to inflict the first defeat of the season on Woodlands.
Woodlands opener Sam Frankland made 63, adding 56 for the fourth wicket with captain Cieran Garner (29), but their real impetus came from Muhammad Bilal (65 not out off 37 balls, including six sixes and three fours) and Elliot Richardson (29 not out off 17 balls, including three sixes), who put on 96 unbroken for the eighth wicket.
Mark Robertshaw (22) and captain Charlie Best (55) set Saints on their way with an 81 stand but they slipped to 133-5 before Archie Scott (28) and Smith (56) put on 61, Charlie Parker also making an important 26 to set up the finale.
Townville, who edged out St Lawrence on Bank Holiday Monday, are joint leaders with Woodlands on 128 points after a 65-run win over Morley.
Jack Hughes (34 and 4-41) and Harry Clewett (47 and 3-33) played important roles for Townville.
New Farnley are third after Lee Goddard continued his early-season run spree with 88 not out against Batley, taking him over 500 runs for the campaign at an average of 133.5.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Wrenthorpe beat Bradford and Bingley by four wickets, Hanging Heaton defeated Farsley by 75 runs and Methley were 66-run winners over Cleckheaton.
Ilkley smashed 309-6 in their 125-run win over derby rivals Olicanian in Aire-Wharfe League Division One.
Wicketkeeper James Pearson blasted seven sixes and six fours in his 98 not out.
Elsewhere, leaders Saltaire beat North Leeds, Rawdon defeated Collingham and Linton, Otley comfortably saw off Horsforth, second-placed Bilton beat Beckwithshaw and Burley-in-Wharfedale defeated Addingham.